A Petition To The President: Annotated Bibliography

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A Petition to the President: A Critical Evaluation The liberation of atomic power may affect the welfare of the nation in the future. A Petition to the President of the United States by Leo Szilard was an argument to the President, our Commander-in-Chief from the scientists who developed the atomic bomb, to consider any other avenue other than using an atomic bomb, in a surprise attack on Japan in 1945. The scientists lead by Szilard argued with the President to first use the option of disclosing the power of the atomic bomb and requesting the Japanese to surrender, or if not inform them that the atomic bomb would be used. The undersigned scientist, who worked in the field of the atomic power creation wrote a petition to the president using logic. They have worked in the field for a number of years, so they know the outcome of such power. As the war went on the undersigned scientist began to worry about other countries using this type of power on America. “Until recently the scientist have had to reckon with the possibility that the United States might be attacked by atomic bombs during this war and that her only defense might lie in a counterattack by the same means” (Leo Szilard). The scientist knew that “The war…show more content…
The only reason that the atomic bomb was created is a mean for complete ruthless annihilation of cities/countries. When one uses such power you would have to take full responsibility for that action. “Thus a nation which sets the precedent of using these newly liberated forces of nature for purposes of destruction may have to bear the responsibility of opening the door to an era of devastation on an unimaginable scale" (Leo Szilard). Using the atomic bomb would move the world a long way forward when it came to war and devastation. The scientist knew this and tried to inform the president that using such power would put a burden and the world would hold America to a new

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